Fourth of July Recipes
Summer Fireworks Pasta Salad Recipe


Summer Fireworks Pasta Salad

1 pound Radiatore, Rotini or other medium pasta shape, uncooked
Cilantro Pesto (see recipe below)
3 tbsp. Iow-sodium chicken broth
1/2 - 3/4 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut in l-inch pieces
8 plum tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch chunks
1 small red onion, slivered lengthwise
1/4 cup toasted pinenuts

Cilantro Pesto:

2 cups packed cilantro leaves
1 cup flat-leaf parsley
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. toasted pinenuts or walnuts
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Cilantro sprigs
Blue corn chips

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside in large serving bowl. Place ingredients for Cilantro Pesto in a blender or food processor, process until finely chopped.

Heat chicken broth in non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and saute 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Add chicken, tomatoes, red onion and pine nuts to pasta.

Toss with all of the  Cilantro Pesto until combined.

Garnish with cilantro sprigs and blue corn chips.

Serves 6 to 8


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